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A tip of the hat to those who take the time to participate in democracy. It is, after all, one key to the health of our nation. That is why it is always with a certain degree of frustration we…

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Enough time has passed — 22 years — since the last Amtrak passenger train rolled to a stop in Baker City, La Grande or Pendleton that some people likely have only a hazy memory, if any at all,…

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Some 15 years after Congress passed the Real ID Act, creating a set of standards for the issuance of identification documents, the state of Oregon finally is getting ready to issue driver’s li…

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Two developments emerged in the public records arena last week. One would make the state’s public records advocate independent from the governor’s office — a necessary step. The other is a tro…

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A potentially flawed law passed by the 2019 Legislature that limits application of the death penalty took effect Sunday without a fix, potentially allowing already convicted death-row inmates …

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Public feedback to government entities is a crucial piece of democracy and that is why residents in Hermiston should take advantage of an opportunity to furnish input on the city’s parks and r…

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We’ve turned the calendar into October, which means it’s time to fully confront the rites of autumn: raking leaves, loading up on pumpkin spice (to include, apparently, in everything edible fo…

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Oregonians may be asked next year to approve a ballot measure that would decriminalize the possession of illegal drugs. That in itself is a bad idea; worse is the way the measure would finance…

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Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, may be the wonder drug that its users and advocates hope and claim it to be, offering relief for everything from anxiety and arthritis to Parkinson’s diseas…

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“Waters of the United States” sounds like the title of a coffee table book but the reality is rather less benign than a hefty tome crammed with pretty photographs.

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Oregon agriculture is a big tent. From the smallest acreage in Western Oregon to the largest ranch in Eastern Oregon, from the newest hemp farm in Central Oregon to the multi-generational gras…